Orthodontics literally means “straight teeth”. It is the specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and the jaws.
Orthodontists are required to undertake further study after qualifying as dentists to become specialists in this profession.
Our services include orthodontics not only for children and teenagers but also adults.
Braces is a word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance consisting of bands, brackets and wires.
At Chandler Orthodontics we use the most advanced technology brackets for you and your family.
Different types of orthodontic brackets
These orthodontic brackets are 'tie-less braces' and are gentle to the teeth and tissue. High-technology, memory-shape wires move teeth quickly and require fewer adjustments when compared with older style brackets. These brackets are much easier to clean, giving you an enhanced orthodontic result.
These orthodontic brackets are clear and blend seamlessly with your teeth for a more pleasing look.
A CBJ or Cantilever bite jumper is a functional orthodontic appliance used to maintain facial balance. It promotes growth changes in order to achieve a better balance between the teeth and jaw bones. This appliance is fixed in the mouth for usually 12 months and does not require patient compliance. It can only be removed by your Orthodontist or Dental Hygienist.
Headgear creates special forces on the teeth that guide the growth of the teeth and jaws. It can be used to move teeth into better positions or prevent teeth from moving when they are not supposed to. Headgear relies on patient compliance and is best worn 12-14 hours per day (when at home) for desired results. Lack of cooperation with headgear will mean that your orthodontic treatment will be extended and modification may need to be made to your treatment plan.
This orthodontic appliance is designed to widen your upper jaw to allow enough room for your teeth to be accommodated. Orthodontic bands are cemented to your upper molar teeth and the quadhelix is attatched to these bands. It is fixed to the roof of your mouth and applies a constant light force to expand the upper jaw bone. It may be used to move teeth that erupt in your palate into the correct position.
Rapid Maxillary Expander
This orthodontic appliance is also designed to expand your upper jaw to provide adequate space to later straighten you teeth. This appliance is cemented in your mouth. You will need to expand this appliance yourself on a scheduled basis with a key that fits into the centre of the expander. The upper jaw will expand the necessary amount and you will notice a small space between your upper front teeth, this will be closed when your braces are fitted.
The D-Arch is a non-extraction approach used to move upper molar teeth backwards without the need for headgear.
URA or Upper Removable Appliance is any type of removable upper plate. It involves an acrylic base that sits on the roof of the mouth and wires to hold it in place and move teeth into their correct position. A URA can perform various functions such as correcting cross bites on front teeth, space maintenance or for stabilisation of teeth after orthodontic treatment has been completed.
Bonded or fixed retainers
After your braces are removed it is necessary to hold your teeth in their new orthodontic position. Retainers are designed to hold your teeth in their corrected position until your bones and gums adapt to these changes. This is called retention. There are many different styles of retainers. At Chandler Orthodontics we prefer to use retainers that are invisible. These include upper and lower wires that are bonded behind your upper and lower front teeth as well and a clear or invisible removable upper plate.
Some orthodontic problems are more severe an may involve the size or alignment of the facial jaw bones. Such problems may require a combined orthodontic and surgical treatment plan for a more pleasing result.